about this piece
New Patterns in Old Style depicts an attempt to inhabit two opposing states at once. The text is reconfigured from the dual definition of the word ‘cleave,’ and language used in tatting instructions. Images are built from layers of printed leaves, using both the positive and negative shapes formed when leaves were blown up to 400%, and cropped to rectangular frames. The long rectangles and overlapping leaf silhouettes reference sewing instructions clipped from newspapers.